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  1. The Best Ways to Use Probiotics

    A baffling selection of probiotic foods and supplements crowd the shelves of health food stores these days. The findings of recent research confirm that foods and supplements with probiotics may provide benefits for many digestive problems. Probiotics may even help promote a healthy immune system. C

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  2. When Can Probiotics Help?

    Evidence on the benefits of probiotics is building, and much of it is positive. Studies suggest that these natural remedies, which contain beneficial microbes, may help prevent or treat some digestive problems. They may also help regulate the immune system. They may even protect against common respi

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  3. What Are Probiotics?

    Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organism

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  4. Scientists Working Toward Pill for Celiac Disease

    Dec. 21, 2012 -- Scientists say they’re working on a pill that may one day help people with celiac disease tolerate foods that contain gluten, a protein that is found in wheat and other grains. “It would be pretty much like the Lactaid pill,” says researcher Justin B. Siegel, PhD, an assistant profe

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  5. Dog Sniffs Out Deadly C. diff Infection

    Dec. 13, 2012 -- A 2-year-old beagle named Cliff may hold the key to preventing an infection that kills thousands of Americans each year. Researchers in the Netherlands taught Cliff to sniff out the intestinal bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile or C. diff) in stool samples from infected pa

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  6. Endoscopy Overused in Heartburn Patients

    Dec. 4, 2012 -- Acid reflux is the most common reason U.S. adults undergo a procedure where a viewing tube is put down their throat. But many people don’t need it, according to new advice from one of internal medicine’s main professional groups. “Overuse of upper endoscopy contributes to higher heal

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  7. Is a New Crohn’s Disease Treatment on the Horizon?

    Oct. 17, 2012 -- A drug used to treat psoriasis may provide a much-needed option for people with bad cases of Crohn’s disease.  In the new study, some people with moderate to severe Crohn's given Stelara (ustekinumab) began to see improvements in their symptoms within six weeks. Crohn's disease is a

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  8. Humira Approved for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

    Sept. 28, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Abbott's Humira for the treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. Humira (adalimumab) now is approved for both forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It was already approved to treat Crohn’s disease, rheumat

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  9. Antibiotics May Raise Bowel Disease Risk in Kids

    Sept. 24, 2012 -- Overuse of antibiotics may help explain why more children are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In a new study, getting antibiotics, especially very early in childhood, was linked to a raised risk for IBD. IBD is a catch-all term for a group of serious intestin

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  10. New Antibiotic in the Works for Dangerous C. Diff

    Sept. 18, 2012 -- Hospital patients infected with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have more than twice the risk of dying compared to patients without the infection, a Dutch study shows. At the same time, there is hope for a new antibiotic that may lower the risk. Each year

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